The Northview Knights showed that the week off that Mother Nature provided them with after their own tournament was canceled on Saturday and Tuesday's opening game with Sullivan was rained out, did little to slow down their winning ways.
The Knights got a pair of homeruns and nine RBIs from Brady Shoemaker and eight different players had three or more hits as Northview swept the Golden Arrows, 10-3 and 17-4 in five innings.
"Its always good to get a conference win," said Northview head coach Gary Witham. "We got some runs early tonight. Sometimes its tough to keep your intensity but we did and we were able to get everybody in to play."
The Knights got on the board early and often in the pair of games as Shoemaker drilled a first inning, game one two-run homerun and in the second inning, T.J. King singled followed by an RBI double by Shane Cooper and a run-scoring single by Shoemaker to give Northview a 4-0 lead.
Northview would add another run in the third before Shoemaker and Ryan Nees walked to open the fourth inning. Graig Bass ripped an RBI single to leftfield before Craig Trout doubled to the leftfield wall to give the Knights a 7-1 lead.
A 17-hit attack paced the Knights in the first game as Nick Wells earned the win on the mound by going the distance, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out two.
In the second game the Arrows jumped out first with a run before once again Cooper and Shoemaker teamed up to give the Knights an early lead.
Cooper singled with one out before Shoemaker drilled a liner over the centerfield wall and into an unfortunate spectator's truck windshield for a 2-1 lead.
Bass would add an RBI single in the inning and came home on an errant pickoff attempt for a 4-1 lead.
The big blow came for Northview came in the second inning as Jesse Johnson singled to open the inning before King reached base when he was hit by a pitch. Cooper would single for his fourth hit of the DH and Shoemaker tripled to unload the bases, his fifth hit of the twinbill. Nees reached on an infield popup and Trout singled to score Shoemaker. Bass brought home Nees with a single before a pair of walks brought home Bass. King then cleared the bases with a double.
The Knights went on to score nine runs in the inning, part of a 13 hit attack for the game and Northview added three more runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach.
Michael Stuckey got the victory, going five innings and allowing eight hits and striking out two.
In the doubleheader, Bass had five hits and three RBIs and Trout had four hits to drive in a pair. Cooper had four hits, a double, two RBIs and scored three times and King drove home three with a pair of doubles in a three-for-seven day. Jesse Johnson had three hits and drove home four for the Knights who improve to 12-0 this season and face West Vigo on May 3.
Northview Baseball (Game One)
At Northview H.S.
2B -- Nv (King, Shoemaker, Trout), Sl (Clark). HR -- Nv (Shoemaker). SB -- Nv (King).
|DeMoss L 7.0||10||17||3||1|
|Wells W (3-0)||7.0||3||5||3||2|
2B -- Sl (Drew), Nv (King). 3B -- Nv (Shoemaker). HR -- Nv (Shoemaker). SB -- Nv (Johnson).
|Stuckey W (4-0)||5.0||4||8||3||4|